Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
“My child, you do not have perfect confidence in me. At times you are slow to call on me when you are in need, and at all times you seem unsure of my good will toward you. I want you to have all the confidence in me that any son should have in his mother, knowing as he does her tender love and her goodness. Come to me always and everywhere, in all your spiritual and temporal needs, in difficulties of soul and body, in the difficulties of your relatives and friends.
Is it a sign of any great confidence in me if you turn to me only from time to time, on my feast days, for example, as some Christians do? You should imitate the Church which asks nothing of God without appealing to my intercession. The Church has recourse to me as dispenser of the Lord’s graces; let her conduct be the norm for yours, and, like her, have unfailing confidence in me, a confidence that is all-embracing, ardent, sweet, and affectionate. Turn to God through Jesus, but turn to Jesus through His Mother. I am the surest way of reaching Jesus, of finding Him, and of receiving a warm welcome from Him.”
~Imitation of Mary
MONDAY, AUGUST 1ST – The feast of the Dedication of the Roman basilica Saint Peter in Chains and also the feast of the Seven Holy Machabee brothers whose relics lie in that basilica.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2ND – Our Lady of the Angels. No one has ever better described the significance of this Marian devotion than Saint Francis, when he said to Pope Honorius: “I need nothing more than your word. Our Lady is the parchment, Christ the notary, and the Angels our witnesses!”
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4TH – Saint Dominic was taught the use of the Rosary by Our Lady herself. Armed with this weapon, he conquered sin and heresy and converted many. The daily recitation of the Rosary yields a powerful strength to the soul.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH – Our Lady of the Snows. Today’s feast recalls the miraculous snowfall in Rome in 352 A.D. by which Our Lady indicated the site where she wanted a church built on the Esquiline Hill. The church is the magnificent Basilica of Saint Mary Major. First Friday.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH – The Transfiguration of Our Lord. After the Transfiguration, Our Lord charged His disciples not to tell anyone about the vision until He rose from the dead. Imitate Our Lord today. Practice the hidden virtues rather than those that call attention. First Saturday.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH – 9TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Cajetan.
MONDAY, AUGUST 8TH – Saint John Marie Vianney, the “Cure of Ars,” was the parish priest in a remote French hamlet, where his reputation as a confessor and director of souls made him known throughout the Christian world.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10TH – Saint Lawrence of Rome, one of the seven deacons under Pope Saint Sixtus II was martyred in the persecution of Emperor Valerian by being roasted on a grid iron.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11TH – Saint Philomena, martyred at age 13, willingly traded her earthly life for heavenly salvation. She continues her work today by promoting the virtues of purity and sanctity for all to imitate and bringing the faithful closer to our Blessed Mother and Jesus Christ.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12TH – Saint Clare founded the Order of Poor Ladies (the Poor Clares). Once when her convent was about to be attacked by soldiers, she displayed the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance at the convent gates; the attackers left and the convent was saved. For this reason she is often depicted holding the monstrance. Feastday of Sister Mary Clair, MICM.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13TH – Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commemorates the day on which Our Lady entered eternal life. Her death only lasted for forty-eight hours, and then her incorrupt body was reunited to her soul and she was assumed into Heaven.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH – 10TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Maximilian Kolbe – “My children, love the Immaculate! Love Her and She will make you happy! Love Her and trust in Her without limits.”
MONDAY, AUGUST 15TH – THE ASSUMPTION. After years of patiently waiting, Our Lady was reunited with her Divine Son on this day. Who can describe that first embrace of Mother and Son in the glory of Heaven! HOLY DAY of OBLIGATION. Masses at 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m. (Sung Mass) and 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17TH – Saint Hyacinth. The Annual 3-Day Silent Retreat for the MICM Brothers and Sisters begins today in preparation for the Renewal of Vows on the 22nd. Please respect the silence by keeping all phone calls to emergencies only. Thank you.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20TH – Saint Bernard joined the abbey of Citeaux, at age 22. His father, five of his brothers, and 25 of his friends joined along with him, bringing a new life to the monastery. Bernard founded the monastery of Clairvaux which soon had over 700 monks.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21ST – 11TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Our Lady of Knock was the mysteriously silent apparition of Our Lady, Saint Joseph, Saint John and the Lamb of God which took place at Knock, Ireland on this day in 1879. Join us for a celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, by coming to the IHM Potluck Picnic today after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. The picnic will be held on the Convent grounds. Bring your favorite dish and come enjoy the day!
MONDAY, AUGUST 22ND – The Immaculate Heart of Mary. Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary give to Jesus Christ all they can give Him in the most perfect manner: through Mary’s hands. Everything is consecrated to Him, even the right of disposing of interior goods and satisfactions gained by good works every day. To be a Slave of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the greatest of all freedoms! During the 8:30 a.m. Mass today the Brothers MICM and the Sisters MICM will renew their Vows publicly. The harvest is indeed great but the laborers are few. Please pray for vocations!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24TH – Saint Bartholomew preached in India and Greater Armenia, where he was flayed alive and beheaded.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26TH – Our Lady of Czestochowa. According to tradition Saint Luke painted this image which is enshrined and venerated as the “Black Madonna” at the renowned Marian Shrine in Poland.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27TH – The Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary are celebrated within the octave of the feast of her Immaculate Heart. The Seven Joys of Our Lady are: (1) The Annunciation; (2) the Visitation; (3) the Birth of Our Lord; (4) the Adoration of Jesus by the Magi; (5) the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple; (6) the Resurrection of Our Lord; (7) the Assumption of Mary in body and in soul into Heaven.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH – 12TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Augustine overcame strong heresies, practiced great poverty, supported the poor, preached often and prayed with great fervor right up until his death. His holy life made up for the sins he committed before his conversion.
MONDAY, AUGUST 29TH – The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. John’s life was one of complete detachment from earthly possessions. His heart was centered on God so he had the courage to speak words of condemnation or repentance, to prepare the way for the Saviour.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31ST – Saint Raymond Nonnatus succeeded Peter Nolasco as chief ransomer and went to Algeria to ransom slaves. He remained as hostage for several slaves when his money ran out.
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